History was made on Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention when the party officially nominated Secretary Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential candidate for a major political party. Senator Bernie Sanders sought to show a united front in the convention hall by asking delegates to accept Sec. Clinton's nomination unanimously during the roll call vote. The highlight of Tuesday’s DNC convention was former President Bill Clinton’s speech. President Clinton laid out a description of his wife's career and policy work through their own personal story as a couple. Tonight both Vice President Biden and President Obama will headline the speakers. In addition, Vice President nominee Tim Kaine (VA) will speak as well. ICYMI, check out Senator Kaine’s recent call for more investments in Alzheimer’s research.
On Tuesday afternoon AIM partnered with the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) to present the 2016 State Trailblazer Award to Gov. Jack Markell (DE). Gov. Markell was selected for this award in recognition of his leadership in supporting the development and implementation of the Delaware State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders. The award was presented by AIM advocate Cathy Rossi. Cathy’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago when she was serving as Communications Director for Gov. Markell. Cathy shared her personal story and appreciation for Gov. Markell’s leadership on Alzheimer’s disease. Gov. Markell’s gave a touching tribute to Cathy and her mother, and accepted the award on behalf of the 26,000 families living with the disease in Delaware. Gov. Markell also talked about his appreciation for the Alzheimer’s Association and its advocates and their tireless work on the Delaware State Plan.
John Funderburk is the Finance Director of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement.